Bethesda promised us that there would be a public beta for Fallout 76 test back when they announced the game at E3. Now they have finally revealed that the beta testing will start in October, which is sadly still 2 months off. Don’t worry about not being selected for the open beta though as Bethesda has stated that everyone who pre-orders will receive access to the open beta.
No exact date for the beta has been planned yet but it will kick off somewhere in October on the Xbox One first. The beta will also start off relatively small and Bethesda will invite more players to enter the open beta in waves after that. If you are not selected right away, there is sadly nothing else to do than just waiting long for your time to come.
There are several retailers where you can preorder the game in order to get access to the open beta. Most large retail stores around the world are participating in the preorder action but to see a full list follow this link. In order to actually preorder the game, you have to preorder via the Bethesda website so don’t go to a local retailer and tell them you want to preorder, you will look like a fool. After pre-ordering the game you will receive a code that you can redeem on the official Bethesda website. After that, you will just have to wait for them to send you an email with details on how to install and get into the public beta.
You can also pre-order a digital copy of the game and still get access to the beta as long as you pre-order from the Xbox One Store, PlayStation Store, or Bethesda.net eShop. Interestingly enough Steam is not listed here although we’re quite certain that the game will also be out on Steam. If you pre-ordered a digital copy of the game, the account with which you made your purchase will be automatically registered for the beta.
For more details on the beta and what you need to do in order to access it, visit the official Bethesda FAQ.